Thursday, November 27, 2003

Fish, Mercury and the Food Chain Index(FCI) 

With apologies to Vulf. He earlier posted about the importance of adding another health measure to our food labels, either called the Food Chain Level or Index. Roughly, each food would be measured on far up on the food chain they existed based on what they ate. The higher up on the food chain the more likely for it to accumulate toxins and pass them off to us.

This story on fish and mercury emphasizes the danger. The story added Tuna, Alaskan Halibut and Chilean Sea Bass to the EPA's list of fish, Swordfish, King Mackerel, Tilefish and Shark, people should be concerned about. These fish seem to be safe, Cod (Atlantic), Mahi Mahi, Herring, Catfish, Oysters, Tilapia Salmon Flounder/ Sole, Shrimp, Scallops, Sltwater/Perch, Tuna*(skipjack chunk light) and Sardine(See this chart).

Why the warnings on some fish? It's the Food Chain Level.

It's the mercury pollution in oceans and rivers that contaminates the biggest, longest-living fish species. Mercury in the environment accumulates as it moves up the food chain, reaching the highest concentrations in large, predator fish. Fish in the diet is the greatest source of methylmercury.

The mercury danger in fish makes Food Chain Level just as applicable to other food sources.

P.S. I cross referenced the mercury safe list with the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Healthy Ocean list to create this ultimate safe fish list: abolone(snail), catfish, oysters(farmed), salmon(canned and wild), sardines, shrimp, tilapia.
As far as the rest of the fish on the Healthy Ocean's list, I would expect trout to be mercury safe given what I know about its eating habits. Not sure about sturgeon(farmed), cavier(farmed), clams(farmed), snow crab, hoki, lobster, mussels(farmed), white seabass and striped bass.



It is Thanksgiving in the US. I am thankful for many things, but the following list is just the tip of the iceberg.

1. I am thankful I am not one of the partners in a long-term GLBT relationship. Marilyn "Manson" Musgrave has just been joined by another, Wayne "Drain the Main Vein" Allard, person uncomfortable with his/her/its sexuality to the extent of making an issue out of something most people really either (a) don't want to hear about, or (b) are fully supportive of, just as with any two-person partnership, anyway.

2. I am glad I do not look like a chimpanzee. I mean, as primates go, those CURIOUS GEORGEs are right up there in intelligence. That is, except for us human beings.

3. I am glad I am not in Iraq, where brain casualties are very high. Perhaps the President is using his visit to Iraq to excuse his brain injury. I can't say.

4. I am thankful we still have some rights to speak up. With the Patriot Act still taking away our freedoms, though, I am sure I am being monitored.

5. I am thankful for all the great open-minded people who are still out there. Lupus, Wilk, Lobo, Okami, Faolin, the rest of the pack, and both of our faithful readers, I salute you! Get out there and change the world, one person at a time. A new age is dawning, and I am thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Bush Inc. Governing Philosophy 

Many political analysts go to great effort in trying to read the tea leaves to discern Bush's guiding philosophy. It"s pretty simple.

Reward campaign contributors and friends and play electoral politics with the rest.

Tax cuts reward his rich contributors, invading Iraq was a crowd pleaser, the energy bill helped out his business pals, tariffs helped him with steel workers, the Medicare bill helps him with seniors, and the partial birth abortion bill helps him with the religious right.

That's it, resulting as RFK Jr. states,
raising the standard of living for a few privileged Americans while lowering the quality of life for the rest of us.


Tuesday, November 25, 2003

WAY, WAY, WAY Cool research! 

This is great stuff...Brown university researchers have found a way to control a computer cursor using the person's freakin' BRAIN!. Talk about the end of carpal tunnel syndrome (It's *all* in the wrist). Talk about the end of independent thought? Hardly...we're not all going to go around with these monitors on our head, and besides, it will only ever work with well-defined regions of the brain. Phrenologists (Some of the worst bigots in history) were wrong that all aspects of our personalities can be pinned to specific brain regions--but this is certainly true of motor activity initiation (frontal lobe, against the central sulcus) and somatosensory ("touch") input, and thus the Brown results. Cool stuff, may really help folks with disorders to join in on the normal American activities of, for example, playing Nintendo, flipping through TV channels and tweaking the stereo sound up and down to annoy neighbors. That's all good.

However, one other interesting side effect. Apparently, they hooked up the electrodes to 11 chimpanzees and our President (Some would say this is 12 chimpanzees!) and found that our precious "W" had no active areas. Thus, not only could he not control the cursor with his brain, nor could he apparently control his bladder. Which means that some of his spontaneous micturition is NOT due to drunkenness, and so I apologize...it's due to Cerebral Flatline. It all makes sense now.


RFK Jr., rather than write, run! 

Robert KennedyJr. recently wrote a editorial criticizing the White House environmental policies. More than anything it directs attention to the lack of public or private figures capable of confronting Bush Inc. Few people have the money, name recognition and charisma to mount a successful challenge to Bush and the GOP. RFJ Jr. has all three. While he fights for progress as an attorney for the National Resources Defense Counsel, it would seem he could facilitate more change as a political figure. "RFK Jr., are you disturbed enough to really do something about the situation?"


Monday, November 24, 2003


Polish for sucker (approximately Fry-air). Yes, the fact Lupus mentioned is beginning to be discussed here. Still, it would take another term of Bush to make the Poles hate us.

GWB is making a good case for the Colorado make my day law isn't he? That guy had the wherewithal with which to execute intent to do harm to that other guy's porch.


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